The Golden Chariot - Splendour of South

07 Nights / 08 days

Itinerary

BANGALORE – CHENNAI

Arrive Taj West End to proceed for the check-in formalities at the hotel followed by the Hi-Tea at Banquet Hall at 1600 Hrs. Proceed for the presentation on do's and dont's for The Golden Chariot tour followed by a visit to Chitrakala Parishad / Art gallery. Conclude the tour with a cultural show. Arrive at Yeshwantpur railway station to a traditional Aarti and Tikka with floral garlands. Departure time for The Golden Chariot train, dinner will be served on board.

Meal summary: Dinner is included and will be served in the restaurant car.


CHENNAI – PONDICHERRY

Arrive Chennai. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board. Drive through Marine Beach to Mamallapuram World Heritage Site known for its ancient temples and stone carvings inspired by the Pallava art followed by the lunch at GRT Temple Bay. Drive to Pondicherry railway station to board the Golden Chariot. Arrive Pondicherry and stroll through the Pristine Beach at Pondicherry.

Pondicherry has a rich French cultural heritage, having been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. The French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches and public buildings and the statues. Split into two parts, Pondicherry is, on one hand a bustling Indian Market town, and on the other hand, towards the sea, the streets are emptier, cleaner and decidedly European. Dinner onboard The Golden Chariot. Overnight at The Golden Chariot train at Pondicherry.

Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package.


PONDICHERRY - TRICHY

Breakfast on board Golden Chariot. Morning, visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on Rue de la Marine, is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry the Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. Sri Aurobindo, the poet philosopher founded the Ashram to help man reach the zenith of his evolution through spiritual exercises and yoga, combined with physical activity and productive work. Lunch will be served on board The Golden Chariot. Evening, stroll around French town / beach. Dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Transfer back to Golden Chariot. Departure time for The Golden Chariot train.

Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package


TRICHY – MADURAI

Breakfast on board Golden Chariot. Visit Trichy situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas, which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s.

The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. Visit the Rock Fort, which is a landmark of Trichy. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva Temple. You will visit Sri Rangan Temple. Visit to Brihadeeshwara Temple, built in the 10th century by Raja Chola. It is considered to be artistically the most perfect of Dravida temples. Lunch will be served at Hotel Sangam, Tanjore. Visit the Tanjore artifacts and Paintings workshop. Transfer back to Golden Chariot to relax and enjoy on-board facilities. Dinner on board The Golden Chariot. Departure time for The Golden Chariot train.


MADURAI – NAGERCOIL

Breakfast on board Golden Chariot. One of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Spread along the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamil Nadu, this modern industrial city is today famous as a temple town. The temple town is unique in that all its temples are living temples and it remains a major religious centre attracting pilgrims the year round. Madurai's main attraction is the famous Meenakshi temples in the heart of the old town

A riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with Gopurams (towers) covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi-colored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. The temple complex is a city within a city and one can spend days exploring its labyrinthine corridors and halls. Lunch on board Golden Chariot. Enjoy light and sound show at Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Enjoy the live classical music at Heritage Madurai followed by dinner. Board Golden Chariot. Departure time for The Golden Chariot train. Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package

Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package


KOVALAM

Golden Chariot arrives at Nagercoil station. Drive to Kanyakumari to enjoy sunrise Kanyakumari, at the tip of peninsular India, offers a panorama of the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Transfer to Golden Chariot and breakfast on board Visit the famous Padmanabha Palace also known as Wooden Palace. Once the official residence of the erstwhile Travancore dynasty Padmanabhapuram palace complex is regarded as Asia's largest wooden palace the palace has fourteen structures spread over an area of six acres

The palace is also noted for its rich mural collection tracing back to the 17th and 18th century. The earliest of structures here is believed to have been constructed in 1335. Pointed gables, dormer windows and long corridors are specimens to the tradition architecture of Kerala. Transfer back to Golden Chariot Lunch will be served on board train. Train departs to Thiruvanathapuram Arrive Thiruvanathapuram station Evening stroll through the famous Kovalam Beach Enjoy the cultural show followed by the dinner at Taj Green Cove Kovalam Departure time for The Golden Chariot train.

Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package

KOVALAM – COCHIN

Breakfast on board Golden Chariot. Sightseeing trip across Goa. Visit Portuguese house, Goa market etc. Savor the lunch at Majorda Beach Resort and explore the facilities offered by the hotel like spa treatments, casino, swimming pool etc... Transfer back to Golden Chariot followed by the dinner on board. Departure time for The Golden Chariot train.

Meal summary: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included, as per the Golden Chariot package


COCHIN – BANGALORE

Breakfast on board Golden Chariot. Arrive Bangalore and de-board the train Golden Chariot.

Tour Cost & Date

FOR SPECIAL OFFER – APPLICABLE ON 2 PERSON TRAVELING TOGETHER AND SHARING SAME CABIN ON TWIN OCCUPANCY

DEPARTURE DATES - YEAR 2018
October
08
December
3, 31

PUBLISHED TARIFF: VALID FOR DEP : 08 OCT & 03 DECEMBER

ROOMING
DELUXE CABIN
JUNIOR SUITE
SUITE
PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
First Adult US$ 6249 US $ 9886 US$ 14421 US$ 24767
Accompanying Adult – 50% off US$ 3125 US$ 49438 US$ 7211 US$ 12383
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  • COST FOR 31 DECEMBER 2018 - NEW YEAR DEPARTURE

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    DELUXE CABIN
    JUNIOR SUITE
    SUITE
    PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
    First Adult US$ 6772 US$ 10408 US$ 14944 US$ 25289
    Accompanying Adult – 50% off US$ 3647 US$ 5465 US$ 7733 US$ 1290
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    • Special rates are per person on twin sharing basis.
    • All meals, soft beverages, house brands of Indian wines, beer and spirits.
    • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water on board.
    • Butler Service.
    • Entrances fee at the monuments
    • English speaking guide for excursions.
    • Porterage at stations
    • Transportation for sightseeing with Deluxe coaches – VOLVO BUS for Guests staying in Deluxe Cabin and Junior Suite.
    • For Suite guests transportation by a Toyota Corolla with separate English Speaking guide will be provided
    • For Presidential Suite guests transportation by a Toyota Camry with separate English Speaking guide will be provided.
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    Per Person on Twin Share US$ 3,575
    Child (without bed) US$ 2,200
    Single Room Supplement US$ 900
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    Per Person on Twin Share US$ 3,575
    Child (without bed) US$ 2,200
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    Departure Dates - 2016
    August
    29 August 2016
    September
    20 September 2016

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    Tour starts in Nairobi on the above mentioned dates. There could be a possibility of flight departure on the previous evening